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HR Tech for Modern Recruiting — October 2015 Roundup

Have you settled back in from the HR Technology Conference and Exposition?! Vegas did not disappoint — once again! We hope you hit it big on the slots, and we also hope you gained a ton of knowledge regarding new HR technologies.

If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, no worries! Here’s a collection of content I curated throughout the month of October hitting the points of evaluating and implementing HR tech at your organization.

5 Ways to Get Your Reluctant Boss on Board With New HR Tech

When it comes to investing in HR technology, more often than not, your boss isn’t sold on the idea right off the bat. It takes some convincing — as does any other financial decision made ever. Are you going to spend $1,300 on a new laptop without doing some research? Probably not. Choosing the HR tech  for your organization (and convincing your boss it’s a good idea) takes some TLC to achieve.

HR Tech Conference 2015: Your Complete Guide

Ok. We realize the conference is over — but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for next year, right?!  In this article, Director of Content, Jacob Shriar, kindly lists 4 apps you should have on your phone to ensure you stay up-to-date amidst the whirlwind of HR frenzy happening in the ballroom. It only makes sense to use tech during a tech conference.

  1. Evernote: Take notes (and actually remember them later)
  2. CamCard: Snap a picture of business cards instead of collecting them like Pokemon cards
  3. ShoeBoxed: Monitor your expenses by taking a quick picture of your receipts (even in Vegas, you should probably remember what you’re putting on the company card)
  4. Twitter: Hashtags, hashtags, hashtags!

The fun thing about this list is the fact that these apps work for every HR conference you attend. So, go out and get your trade show on, and be organized while doing it!

6 Myths (And Realities) About HR Tech You Need to Know About

Is your organization ready to test the waters of new and shiny HR tech? In this article written by Josh Tolan, CEO of Spark Hire, he explains 6 myths many organizations have regarding HR tech, and more importantly, the 6 realities that go along with them.

HR Careers Live or Die by Analytics — Agree?

According to David Creelman, CEO of Creelman Research, many HR business partners lack the skills and support they need to utilize analytics in their work. Why does this matter? Having an analytical mindset (even in the world of HR) is extremely important to evaluate things like:

  • Candidate’s skillset
  • Employee engagement
  • Training program effectiveness

Educating aspiring HR professionals with data analytics skills is now just as important as communication skills. Do you have the analytical mindset it takes to be a successful hiring pro?

How to Choose An HR Technology Vendor

When deciding the on right HR tech for your organization, keep these 3 things in mind:

  1. Buy for the future
  2. Invest in a true partnership
  3. Invest in technology partners who are committed to your success

There’s really no benefit investing in a technology solely because it’s trendy, or because your competition is using it. When investing in HR tech, one must evaluate their needs and goals to decide whether or not the partnership makes sense in the long-run.

No Quick Fix: Why HR Technology Can’t Fix A Broken Candidate Experience

Candidate experience. I wrote about this topic back in our July Roundup, and this article written by Ray Tenenbaum for Recruiting Daily just proves that it’s still highly relevant to HR and recruiting pros. The tools you use for recruiting and hiring can either hurt or help your strategy, which is why you should take a step back and create a candidate experience roadmap. Do your tools actually work the way you THINK they do?

I’m a VP of HR: Tech is a Game-Changer for Culture

HR and intimacy. Never thought I’d see those two words so closely intertwined. But that’s the entire point of this post — just disregard the literal word combo. In this article written by Dawn Burke of Daxko, she illustrates her company’s success story after utilizing HR tech. Daxko was growing like crazy so keeping up with employee interaction was important for their established culture. With real-time check-ins and feedback, HR tech helped to control turnover and improve employee engagement.

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Sheena Christensen

Sheena Christensen is the Product Marketing Specialist at Spark Hire. She is a fan of everything sports and enjoys writing anything from short stories to internet copy, spanning many verticals in the digital marketing world.